Friday, January 02, 2009

Black Eyed Pea Hummus 2 ways and soup recipes

Chipotle Lime Black Eyed Pea Hummus

I had some black eyed peas leftover from yesterday, so I decided to make some hummus. I am thrilled with the results, especially this chipotle lime variation. So good!

Black Eyed Pea Humus
2 cloves garlic (or up to 4 if you like a strong raw garlic taste)
1 t salt
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1t dry basil
1 t paprika
1/8 t freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 t pepper
3 c cooked black eyed peas
6 T tahini
1 T vinegar (the best would be umeboshi, but you can use any type)
1/2 t toasted sesame oil
1 T olive oil

In a food processor place the garlic and salt and process several times so the garlic is chopped finely.
Now add the rest of the ingredients and process until very smooth.

Chipotle Lime Variation:
Remove half of the humus. Add 1/2 t chipotle powder, 1/2 cup cilantro and juice of 1 small lime.
Now you have two variations of tasty hummus to enjoy.

I love using hummus to flavor soups..

For a 30 minute soup: (Broccoli Quinoa)
1 T olive oil
1 onion, diced
1/2 red pepper, chopped finely
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 t dried basil
several grates fresh nutmeg
1/2 t chipotle powder
16 oz frozen broccoli florets (or 1 pound fresh)
2 C of the above hummus (I highly recommend the chipotle variation)
4 c water/stock
bouillon cube if using water
1/2 c quinoa
1/4 c nutritional yeast
salt/pepper to taste
1 T umeboshi vinegar (optional, but VERY good)
Sauté the onion, pepper, garlic, basil, nutmeg and chipotle powder until the onion is soft. Add the broccoli, hummus and stock. Bring to a boil for several minutes. Turn heat down to low and add the quinoa. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in the nutritional yeast and umeboshi vinegar then season with salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

The dish below tasted great, but unfortunately makign the sauce BROKE MY VITAMIX! Fortunately, the Vitamix people are sending me a replacement part and I should be good to go in 7-10 business days. I miss it so much!
Zucchini Pasta with a Meaty Tomato Sauce (raw)

Meaty Tomato Sauce
2 c soaked sun dried tomatoes (save liquid for another use)
1 c sunflower seeds
8 c water
1 c fresh basil
2 cloves garlic
1 shallot
2 dates
salt/pepper to taste
1 T balsamic vinegar
2 T Nutritional Yeast
1 t dried marjoram
1/2 t fennel seeds
1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes
pinch stevia
Mix everything together in a large bowl and process in two batches in either a good blender or food processor. Let this sit overnight if possible so the flavors will develop.

Cabbage Cups with Cashew Veggie Cream Cheese
Just a simple lunch.. Cabbage is much more filling than lettuce. Same with collards. I never thought I'd be so into veggie roll ups... but I am. Collard Greens are still my favorite wraps, but these hit the spot as well.


  1. Me and the boy absolutely LOVE hummus but it can sometimes get a bit samey, so thanks for these delicious-sounding variations!!

  2. What a great idea for serving black-eyed peas! I cooked a ton for my hoppin john yesterday because I overcooked the first batch. I didn't want to throw them out though cause I figured I could smush them up for something...this would be perfect.

  3. I use hummus in soups/sauces/gravys too! Whenever I tell anyone, they freak out and think it is really weird...I am glad I am not the only one! It is sooo good, isn't it?!

    Oh no! I didn't think it was possible to break the vita-mix--what did the customer service people think the problem was? Was it just too much in the container? I hope your parts arrive soon!


  4. Yummy! Sorry your Vitamix broke! At least you got a delcious meal first!

  5. Thank you for both recipes. As usual, your food looks amazing!

  6. I hope your Vita Mix is back up and running soon! I'm telling you, when our VM's go wonky, it's like a death in the family, there's a mourning process and everything!

    I'll tell you, it takes talent to take a food I can't stand (black-eyed peas) and turn it into a creation that's making me drool. But you did it girlie! Your creations look wonderful! :)

    Hope you have a wonderful day! :D

  7. I made your Black Eyed Pea Hummus.........AMAZING flavor!
    Thanks for sharing ....

  8. Your black eyed pea hummus sounds like a wonderful way to use up some dried beans I have in my cupboard (seeing as how I somehow missed making them for New Years). Plus, I have a lot of umeboshi paste that would probably work in this as well.

    I'm saving your meaty tomato sauce recipe for the summer when I have fresh basil avail. Yum!

  9. Gorgeous pics!

    I can't wait to try that Zucchini Pasta... mmm!

  10. Hapy New Year, Mel and thanks for the yummy recipes. I can't wait to make someone's recipes, other than my own--LOL.

  11. quick question about your meaty tomato sauce. is that quantity of the sundried tomatoes BEFORE or AFTER soaking?


  12. I love the idea of black eyed hummus, yum! The meaty tomatoe sauce looks wonderful

  13. I love the idea of black eyed hummus, yum! The meaty tomatoe sauce looks wonderful